By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
We have not paid much attention to the Russian navy now stationed in the Mediterranean.
The Russians have a very formidable force in the Middle East. Most significantly their only aircraft carrier, named Admiral Kunetzov, is stationed in the region.
And it should come as no surprise that the Russians are presently engaged in war games and exercises in the Mediterranean. That means that tens of fighter jets and helicopters are practicing and drilling their evacuation and medical teams.
But the real purpose of this public display is to let everyone know that Russia has a real force in the region.
Russia is also making a clear point: As things get more difficult for Russia in the Ukraine, things will get more difficult for the West in Syria and in the Middle East.
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